How to Prepare For an Abdominal Medical Examination?

If you have been having abdominal issues lately that you cannot explain and has been elusive to diagnose, you might be considering having tests done that will help you determine the cause of these symptoms. Most of the time, doctors will recommend various tests when they are unable to diagnose your issue in one go and decide what it is that may be ailing you. A condition that is really hard to diagnose for example could be irritable bowel syndrome or IBS where the only way to identify that you have IBS is through the elimination of any other possible condition. Here are some ways in which you can prepare or a medical examination of your abdominal cavity correctly.

Get All the Instructions You Need

Step one is to know exactly what you should and should not do while you are getting ready for the exam. Your doctor will give you all of the details, but getting ready according to them is in your hands. If you are having some sort of scan done you may be advised to not eat anything solid for several hours before the examination and most of the time you may also be given something like an enema to clear out your colon of any faces so that when the doctor examines your abdomen, it would be clearly visible devoid of any obstructions. However, if you mess up the prep part on your side the doctor may even have to reschedule the appointment for another day which means that your diagnosis is also getting delayed. Remember that the doctor gives you certain rules for a reason and stick to them. Do not improvise.

Know What Will Happen At Your Examination

The next best way to get ready for the upcoming medical examination is to know what exactly you will have to go through while it is happening. You will most probably be asked to lie down facing the ceiling on an ultrasound treatment table if you are getting a scan done. A cold gel will be placed on your skin on the stomach area while they get the images that they need for the diagnosis. If it is something more invasive like a colonoscopy for example you will be taken to the mini theatre where they will carry out the procedure under mild or twilight anesthesia. Understand that there is nothing to be worried about even though you may be feeling nervous. Hundreds and thousands of people go through these procedures on a daily basis and they are very important in determining how best the doctor can help solve your health issues.

Know What Is Normal after the Test

If you have had a test that is invasive it would be a good idea to also know what comes after the examination. For example in a colonoscopy it is normal to have some bloating, cramping and flatulence because of all the air that got pumped into your digestive tract. Some people may also see a little bit of blood in their stool if they struggled during the procedure and caused the tube that was inserted to bruise them internally. But you should also know what is abnormal. For example, unusual pain, persistent cramping and a lot of bleeding would warrant an urgent visit to the doctor.

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